Reliable sources within the DPM’s circle told The Standard his security team has been bolstered, a sign that in security circles, his sudden display of wealth and power also has an implication on national security.
A source told The Standard the security detail around the DPM has been increased, including those guarding his homes in Nairobi and Mululu. This is on top of the increase in security officers given him and the PM two months ago.
“The DPM has been given additional five security guards from the General Service Unit (GSU) to accompany to him during his tours,” said the source.
The security officers ride in an additional back-up car during his campaigns.
The security status he is now accorded measures up to what he enjoyed in 2002 when he was Vice President and Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate.
The source added that at the Sabatia MP’s Mululu home, the number of the Administration Police officers at his disposal has not changed.
When The Standard sought his comments, Mudavadi declined to confirm or deny the reports.
“I take security matters seriously and what I can tell you is that my security has been made more alert than ever,” said the Sabatia MP.
“When you enter into a political contest of such a magnitude and nature, security challenges are there and you cannot know who has bad motives and so your security must be at its best and on high alert always,” he went on.
He added that political activities at the level he is in now expose him to fresh dangers and he cannot take his security lightly.
The tight security was evident on Saturday at the Muliro Gardens in Kakamega when Mudavadi held UDF’s first rally in the town that is perceived to be the heart of Western, and the one that usually determines the political destiny of the region.
Kakamega OCPD Joseph Omijah led a police escort that provided security for Mudavadi and his convoy from Mululu to Kakamega town.